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3rd Annual Aotearoa Māori Film Festival

In partnership with the Australian Museum and supported by Māori Business Network & Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc.

The Aotearoa Māori Film Festival is proud to present this year’s collection of films, talks and rangatahi (youth) workshops. This year we are honoured to welcome in partnership with us the Australian Museum. Leo Koziol of Wairoa Film Festival (NZ) has curated an exquisite selection of short films by Maori film makers. As our feature film we present the box office hit, action thriller “The Deadlands”, given 14 nominations in the NZ Film Awards.

As our classifications writer Moana Sukkar puts it “…as a cohort, this years selection of films are well crafted, beautifully shot and flawless in their delivery”. In the depth and breadth of their imagery, these films mark a new milestone in Māori digital story telling.

In genre and location, the films span contemporary to traditional, fantasy to fiction, current to ancient, New Zealand to Australia and Rarotonga. Featuring animation, music and dance, exhilarating action and breath-taking scenery, our films take the festival audience on a journey of time and distance.

Te Reo (Maori language) is alive and frequently heard in our short films. Our feature film “The Deadlands” is spoken in Te Reo only, with Pakeha (English) subtitles.

For patrons new to our festival, and for those of our friends who can’t get enough of them, we’re offering a repeat viewing of last year’s short films.

The most popular feature of the festival last year, our film-making workshops are now offered on two days: Saturday and Sunday. Film maker Tema Kwan Fenton-Coyne will fly in from New Zealand especially for this workshop, and has engaged energetic feature film maker/actor/musician Adam Saunders as one of the new facilitators. The crew have focussed their workshop to specific age groups, and have put together a fun-packed program we are sure will inspire budding film-makers on their path to learning the craft.

See full details for ticketing and film synopses at www.aotearoamā

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